Addressable and unidirectional energy transfer along a DNA three-way junction programmed by pyrrole-imidazole polyamides

Su, Wu and Bagshaw, Clive R. and Burley, Glenn A. (2013) Addressable and unidirectional energy transfer along a DNA three-way junction programmed by pyrrole-imidazole polyamides. Scientific Reports, 3. ISSN 2045-2322

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    Abstract

    We describe a photonic waveguide where FRET is routed uni-directionally along a double-stranded DNA track. The efficiency of FRET is modulated by the supramolecular control of fluorophores along double-stranded DNA using fluorophore-tethered Pyrrole-Imidazole polyamides (PAs). We show that uni-directional FRET is enhanced by the complete assembly of each of the constituent parts, resulting in the selective routing of light along simple DNA duplexes as well as a three-way junction (3WJ).